200,000 Pakistanis to perform Haj 2020 as agreement signed

By Atta Ur Rehman Khan - Web Editor & Columnist

05th December, 2019

200,000 Pakistanis would perform Hajj 2020 as an agreement signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The initiative by Saudi Arabia was finalized during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s maiden visit to Pakistan in February. Some 22,000 Pakistani pilgrims were cleared for immigration and customs prior to their Hajj departure during this year’s pilot project in Islamabad.

Noor ul Haq Qadri said, “I will reach Jeddah on a five-day official visit on Tuesday to talk with Saudi authorities and sign an agreement for Hajj 2020,”

“Many things on our agenda,” such as the expansion of the Makkah Route initiative, Hajj quota and e-visa facilities, Noor ul Haq Qadri added.

Thousands of Pakistani pilgrims have already benefited from the pilot program in Islamabad.

“This year, we are going to request the Saudi government to expand it to the whole country, otherwise at least Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta should be included,” the minister said.

Govt to improve facilities for Hajj pilgrims: Peer Noor-ul-Haq Qadri

About increase in Pakistan Hajj quota, the Saudi minister said there was dearth of space in Mina however final decision for quota increase will be made by higher authorities and Saudi interior ministry will be contacted for including more Pakistanis in Road to Makkah project.

The Pakistani delegation will sign more agreements on Thursday regarding providing different facilities to Pakistani pilgrims.

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